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May 23, 2017

Antigua and Barbuda

Three international organisations join forces to advance agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean

Source: Antigua Observer | Three international organisations join forces to advance agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean LIMA, May, 20, CMC – Two international agricultural and rural development agencies will join forces with the International Potato Center (CIP), to pool knowledge and experience on a variety of agricultural and environmental issues to benefit the

Guest Commentary: Guiana Island – our last sanctuary for our fish!

Source: Antigua Observer | Guest Commentary: Guiana Island – our last sanctuary for our fish! Guiana Island and the surrounding islands have for many years been a protected zone for ecology and particularly fisheries, but is now seriously threatened by political parties and this has been happening over three different administrative terms!  First the Lester

Jabloteh, Cibao reach club final, as Central FC stumble

Source: Antigua Observer | Jabloteh, Cibao reach club final, as Central FC stumble PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad & Tobago Pro League outfit Central FC failed on Thursday to reach the final and in their bid for a third consecutive Caribbean Football Union Club Championship title. Fellow T&T Pro League side San Juan

First Lady camp confident ahead of Triple Crown second leg

Source: Antigua Observer | First Lady camp confident ahead of Triple Crown second leg Trainer Neil Cochrane and the Chief Rocker Stables are confident ahead of Sunday’s Sir Cuthwin Lake Super Sprint, the second instalment of the Antigua Triple Crown Series, slated for Sunday at the Cassada Gardens Race Track. Thoroughbred, First Lady, who captured

Braves command playoff finals

Source: Antigua Observer | Braves command playoff finals Hands Up Foundation (HUF) Baldwin Braves took command of the Antigua & Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) Playoff Finals on Thursday, winning game three of their five-game series against Flyers 88-80 at the JSC basketball complex. The 88-80 victory puts Braves 2-1 up in the series and in

Holder rested, Taylor recalled, Beaton included for T20I Series

Source: Antigua Observer | Holder rested, Taylor recalled, Beaton included for T20I Series ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Fast bowling seemed to have been uppermost in the minds of the West Indies selection panel, when they chose the 13-member squad for their upcoming three Twenty20 Internationals against Afghanistan next month in St. Kitts. They have

Sand today, gone tomorrow

Source: Antigua Observer | Sand today, gone tomorrow You have probably seen the sugar white Guyanese sand around and heard about the apparent end to sand mining in Barbuda.  Then you sifted through the budget and now you have a few questions about the sand mining industry, like we do.  Just in case you are

Fernandez calls for closer OECS foreign policy harmonisation

Source: Antigua Observer | Fernandez calls for closer OECS foreign policy harmonisation The Honourable Charles “Max” Fernandez, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has urged the OECS sub-regional grouping to prioritise foreign policy coordination and harmonization. He made the call at the third meeting of the OECS Council of Ministers, where he assumed the annual rotating chairmanship of

Diamonds International fired staff gets union backing

Source: Antigua Observer | Diamonds International fired staff gets union backing The General Secretary of the Antigua Trades and Labour Union (AT&LU) Hugh Joseph said a letter has been sent to the Labour Commissioner on behalf of the three Diamonds International workers who were unjustly terminated. Joseph explained that the conditions under the trio’s sacking

Convict gets five years for stabbing “best friend”

Source: Antigua Observer | Convict gets five years for stabbing “best friend” A year and a half after he admitted to stabbing his “best friend,” in the abdomen, Ceylon Howe learnt he will be going to Her Majesty’s Prison for five years. Justice Keith Thom sentenced the man to the prison term and the time

Weston accuses diplomats of “wasting time”

Source: Antigua Observer | Weston accuses diplomats of “wasting time” Leader of the government business in the Senate Lennox Weston is accusing diplomats in the Caribbean of “wasting time”, saying that they also have no presence and little influence over major decision making bodies. Weston made that criticism during a debate on the Money Laundering

Weston calls out diplomats as “unproductive”

Source: Antigua Observer | Weston calls out diplomats as “unproductive” Leader of Government Business in the Senate Lennox Weston has criticised the nation’s diplomats and deemed them unproductive. Weston was speaking the Senate on a financial regulatory bill which he deems to have been unfairly imposed on the country. if(typeof(jQuery)==”function”){(function($){$.fn.fitVids=function(){}})(jQuery)};jwplayer(‘jwplayer-4’).setup({“aspectratio”:null,”width”:275,”height”:27,”primary”:”html5″,”file”:”http://cdn2.antiguaobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/0519-WESTON-1.mp3?x34105″}); The minister of state in

A new initiative planned for eco-tourism

Source: Antigua Observer | A new initiative planned for eco-tourism The government says its planning an interpretation center in the Christian Valley area as part of a push for eco-tourism. Information Minister Melford Nicholas says the centre will be built with the help of international funding. if(typeof(jQuery)==”function”){(function($){$.fn.fitVids=function(){}})(jQuery)};jwplayer(‘jwplayer-9’).setup({“aspectratio”:null,”width”:275,”height”:27,”primary”:”html5″,”file”:”http://cdn3.antiguaobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/0519-INTERPRET-1.mp3?x34105″}); Tourism experts have repeatedly called for a greater

CAYMAN ISLANDS-TOURISM- Cayman Islands records increase in tourist arrivals

Source: Antigua Observer | CAYMAN ISLANDS-TOURISM- Cayman Islands records increase in tourist arrivals GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, May 19, CMC – Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell says the British Overseas Territory continues to record an increase in tourist arrivals. Kirkconnell, in a statement made ahead of next week’s general election, noted that stay-over visitor figures continue

Hollywood’s big summer movies were all filmed elsewhere

Source: Antigua Observer | Hollywood’s big summer movies were all filmed elsewhere This summer’s biggest-budget films have everything moviegoers have come to expect from Hollywood blockbusters: superheroes, pirates, space aliens. But in the truest sense of the term, none of them is a Hollywood movie. Despite a major effort by Los Angeles over the last

Chinese jets intercept U.S. radiation-sniffing plane, U.S. says

Source: Antigua Observer | Chinese jets intercept U.S. radiation-sniffing plane, U.S. says Two Chinese SU-30 aircraft carried out what the U.S. military described as an “unprofessional” intercept of a U.S. aircraft designed to detect radiation while it was flying in international airspace over the East China Sea. “The issue is being addressed with China through

Press Release: UPP opposes beach creation on Guiana Island

Source: Antigua Observer | Press Release: UPP opposes beach creation on Guiana Island PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2017 UPP Condemns PM Browne’s Decision to Override Environmental Laws   St. John’s, Antigua – The United Progressive Party condemns Prime Minister Gaston Browne’s decision to override the environmental laws of Antigua & Barbuda to

Traffic Boss expressed faith in traffic managenment system

Source: Antigua Observer | Traffic Boss expressed faith in traffic managenment system The head of the Traffic Department is confident that the comprehensive plan to reduce traffic collisions in Antigua & Barbuda is reaping good results despite what appears to be a slight increase in vechicular accidents. Just yesterday, three people were rushed to the

Care Project welcomes donations

Source: Antigua Observer | Care Project welcomes donations The Care Project – a home for physically and mentally challenged children – received welcomed donations yesterday, valued at approximately, $10,000 from the Antigua Village and home owners. According to Acting General Manager of the Antigua Village, Samantha McKay, the organisation plans to continue to fulfill its

Styrofoam ban timeline now in place

Source: Antigua Observer | Styrofoam ban timeline now in place Residents still have reservations on how the country will transition from the ban on styrofoam products by 2018 as the Antigua & Barbuda government has now outlined the ban’s phases. Consumers told OBSERVER media that they welcome the change for health and environmental reasons but

Browne vs Browne; the marijuana commission resignation

Source: Antigua Observer | Browne vs Browne; the marijuana commission resignation Prime Minister Gaston Browne has criticised Bishop Charlesworth Browne for “his premature departure” after the bishop tendered his resignation from the marijuana commission just four days after the first public marijuana consultation. At that consultation, the prime minister committed to carrying out the decriminalisation

Low Public Trust in Police

Source: Antigua Observer | Low Public Trust in Police The public seems to have lost a great deal of trust in the police following a string of allegations that have been levelled at several police officers in recent months. On May 13, two police officers were charged with kidnapping, corruption and assault. Four days later,

Yida’s altered plan influenced gov’t decision

Source: Antigua Observer | Yida’s altered plan influenced gov’t decision Prime Minister Gaston Browne disclosed Thursday that Yida’s submission of a “modified” plan that reduces the destruction of mangroves, prompted the government to override laws that restrict development in the areas earmarked for the multi-million dollar Yida project. The project falls within the environmentally-sensitive North

Accused arsonist denied bail

Source: Antigua Observer | Accused arsonist denied bail A man accused of setting fire to the home he shared with his girlfriend and two children was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison yesterday when he made his first appearance in the All Saints Magistrate’s Court. Halstead Frith, who did not have legal counsel, must return to

Windies stuck at eighth after annual update

Source: Antigua Observer | Windies stuck at eighth after annual update DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) – West Indies remained rooted at eighth in the World Test Rankings released on Thursday following the annual update in which series results from 2013-14 are no longer included and outcomes from the 2015-16 series are weighted at 50

Minister defends plan to override the law protecting mangroves

Source: Antigua Observer | Minister defends plan to override the law protecting mangroves Information Minister Melford Nicholas has defended a controversial decision to override legal prohibitions to allow for beach construction on Guiana Island by YIDA International. Nicholas says a balance is needed between economic needs and the need to preserve the environment. if(typeof(jQuery)==”function”){(function($){$.fn.fitVids=function(){}})(jQuery)};jwplayer(‘jwplayer-3’).setup({“aspectratio”:null,”width”:275,”height”:27,”primary”:”html5″,”file”:”http://cdn.antiguaobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/0518-CABINET-1.mp3?x25779″}); The

Gov’t urges residents to trust the police

Source: Antigua Observer | Gov’t urges residents to trust the police Information Minister Melford Nicholas says the charging and the investigation of police officers for several alleged crimes should give the public confidence that all are subject to the law. Two police officers are alleged to have raped a woman while two other police officers

Roger Ailes, former Fox News chief, dies at 77

Source: Antigua Observer | Roger Ailes, former Fox News chief, dies at 77 Roger Ailes, former chief executive of Fox News Channel, has died at age 77, Fox News said on Thursday. Ailes resigned from Fox last July following allegations of sexual harassment, marking an abrupt end to his 20-year reign over America’s most lucrative

Wall St. edges up as investors buy beaten down stocks

Source: Antigua Observer | Wall St. edges up as investors buy beaten down stocks U.S. stocks edged up slightly on Thursday as investors sought bargains a day after the market slumped following a scandal that cast a shadow over Donald Trump’s presidency and the future of his ambitious pro-growth agenda. Reports that Trump had tried

Five Islands accident at 8:30

Source: Antigua Observer | Five Islands accident at 8:30 36 year old Lisa Cannonier is hospitalised with a suspected broken right hand and bleeding from the ear, among other injuries after her taxi bus lost control, struck a rental car and flipped several times until it landed on the side of the road. The driver

Child struck by vehicle

Source: Antigua Observer | Child struck by vehicle There are reports a child from the John Hughes Primary School between the ages of 8 and 9 was struck by a Red Suzuki vehicle this morning while crossing the road with a group of students. Villagers rushed to the child’s assistance before an ambulance arrived to

Minor injuries reported in early morning crash

Source: Antigua Observer | Minor injuries reported in early morning crash At 3:15 am today Kenya Carton of Tindale Road lost control of his vehicle in Mount Joy area. The 25 year old was travelling north to south on Jonas road when he collided with the concrete partition in the vicinity of the service station.

Black promises financing, sponsorship ahead of pending ABFA vote

Source: Antigua Observer | Black promises financing, sponsorship ahead of pending ABFA vote The candidates on the Keithroy Black-led slate are confident they can deliver the private sector funding they believe is desperately needed to move football forward here in Antigua. This was emphasised by the group’s marketing figure, Elease Richardson, who assured that once

Joseph Unopposed As New Netball Boss

Source: Antigua Observer | Joseph Unopposed As New Netball Boss Former national player Karen Joseph is now tasked with lifting the near dormant Antigua & Barbuda Netball Association (ABNA) out of the ashes and reviving the sport here after she was elected president of the body on Tuesday night. The former goal shoot was unopposed

YIDA Press Release

Source: Antigua Observer | YIDA Press Release See the full press release here.

Social commentator weighs in on handgun debate

Source: Antigua Observer | Social commentator weighs in on handgun debate Social commentator Arvel Grant says the government would have had a hard fight on its hands to convince the public of the need for a gun factory in Antigua had it not scrapped the plans. The factory plan was scrapped this weekend after public

Cosby says he will not testify at his sexual assault trial

Source: Antigua Observer | Cosby says he will not testify at his sexual assault trial Comedian Bill Cosby does not plan to testify in his defense at his sexual assault trial in June, he said on Tuesday in his first extended public comments in two years. The 79-year-old told Sirius-XM radio host Michael Smerconish that

Putin offers transcript to prove Trump did not pass Russia secrets

Source: Antigua Observer | Putin offers transcript to prove Trump did not pass Russia secrets Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had not divulged any secrets during a meeting in Washington with Russian officials and offered to prove it by supplying Congress with a transcript. But a leading U.S. Republican politician

Two police officers detained for alleged rape

Source: Antigua Observer | Two police officers detained for alleged rape The officers, who are both constables, allegedly raped a young woman in the Five Islands area late last week. The woman reported the matter over the weekend and the cops are now confined to their barracks pending further investigations. OBSERVER media will bring more

Incumbent takes swipe at challengers as ABFA election looms

Source: Antigua Observer | Incumbent takes swipe at challengers as ABFA election looms The gloves are off where the race for the presidency of the Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) is concerned, and the incumbent, Everton Gonsalves, has taken a major swipe at his opponents just one week before the pending vote. The former

Angry taxi driver convicted on drug charges

Source: Antigua Observer | Angry taxi driver convicted on drug charges An irate taxi driver who admitted that he had cannabis when he hurled expletives at a vendor at Dickenson Bay was convicted and fined $4,200. On Monday, Jireh Graham was given until the close of business to come up with the sum or face

Call for A&B to become a trailblazer by legalising cannabis

Source: Antigua Observer | Call for A&B to become a trailblazer by legalising cannabis Residents who support the use of cannabis have called on the Government of Antigua & Barbuda to refocus the ongoing consultations from the proposed decriminalisation to legalisation. During the first of a series of consultations on Monday night, High Priest Conneal

JAMAICA-WEATHER – Prime Minister activates national emergency systems as heavy rains pelt sections of the island

Source: Antigua Observer | JAMAICA-WEATHER – Prime Minister activates national emergency systems as heavy rains pelt sections of the island KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 16, CMC – Prime Minister Andrew Holness has instructed the activation of national emergency systems as heavy rainfall continues to affect sections of the island. The emergency agencies include the National Works

BAHAMAS-ELECTION-CARICOM Observer mission gives Bahamas election high marks but notes pre-election day concerns

Source: Antigua Observer | BAHAMAS-ELECTION-CARICOM Observer mission gives Bahamas election high marks but notes pre-election day concerns GEORGETOWN, Guyana, May 16, CMC – The Electoral Observation Mission from the 15 member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) regional body has praised the May 10 polling day activities, describing them as being “of a very high standard comparable with

PM promises 500 homes before elections

Source: Antigua Observer | PM promises 500 homes before elections Prime Minister Gaston Browne is renewing a promise to have 500 homes built by the government before the next election which is constitutionally due by 2019. This is despite less than 50 homes being complete three years or 1,069 days into the ABLP’s five-year term.

New beach construction to be approved at Guiana Island

Source: Antigua Observer | New beach construction to be approved at Guiana Island The government is to give the go ahead for new beaches to be made on Guiana Island despite major environmental concerns on the removal of mangroves required to build the beaches. The environment division has warned current laws prevent the Chinese investors

Law fined for dissent over Dowrich decision

Source: Antigua Observer | Law fined for dissent over Dowrich decision ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) – West Indies head coach Stuart Law has been slapped with a fine by ICC match referee Chris Broad, for showing dissent during the tense final day of the decisive third Test against Pakistan which ended Sunday in Dominica. Upset over

Why does an economic powerhouse need a gun factory?

Source: Antigua Observer | Why does an economic powerhouse need a gun factory? What is it about Antigua and guns?  Note, we have respectfully left out Barbuda because, as far as we know, they have not been part of any international gun scandals.  The reality is that Antigua has already seen its involvement in two

UPP to reveal election candidates shortly

Source: Antigua Observer | UPP to reveal election candidates shortly   The opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) is assessing the work of its 15 constituency caretakers so that its list of candidates for the next general elections can be announced by June as promised. The leader, Harold Lovell, made the disclosure on Monday while defending

Police arrest Sir Richie Richardson cricket title

Source: Antigua Observer | Police arrest Sir Richie Richardson cricket title Diamonds International Police emerged victors of the ACB Sir Richie Richardson 35 overs cricket competition after finishing the Parish League tournament with 52 points, 20 points clear of nearest rivals Freetown and St Paul’s who both finished with 32 points. The lawmen wrapped up

COPS REMANDED TO PRISON

Source: Antigua Observer | COPS REMANDED TO PRISON Two police officers facing corruption, kidnapping, illegal confinement and assault charges will have to take their chances in the High Court after their attempts to get bail from Magistrate Conliffe Clarke were unsuccessful. Corporal Marcus Isadore, 43, of Potters and Constable Peter Lugay, 23, of Ottos appeared

Driver charged in alleged hit and run accident

Source: Antigua Observer | Driver charged in alleged hit and run accident The woman who allegedly struck down a Villa Primary School student last Friday afternoon has been charged for allegedly leaving the scene of the accident and dangerous driving. The accused — Karen Francis – is expected in court today and is said to be

Grenades lose Club Championships opener

Source: Antigua Observer | Grenades lose Club Championships opener The Grenades FC went under to defending champions Central FC in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championships on Sunday night, losing 3-1 in the opening contest of Group A in the final round of the competition at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Trinidad. The Antiguans started

CARIBBEAN-TOURISM-CTO to launch online course on sustainable tourism development

Source: Antigua Observer | CARIBBEAN-TOURISM-CTO to launch online course on sustainable tourism development BRIDGETOWN, Barbados , May 15, CMC – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Caribbean’s tourism development agency, and the Travel Foundation, the international agency that promotes the benefits of tourism to people and the environment, will on Monday, launch a free online

North Korea’s latest missile launch suggests progress toward ICBM: experts

Source: Antigua Observer | North Korea’s latest missile launch suggests progress toward ICBM: experts North Korea’s successful missile test-launch signals major advances in developing an intercontinental ballistic missile, such as mastery of re-entry technology and better engine performance key to targeting the United States, experts say. The isolated country has been developing a long-range missile

Cops accused of kidnapping and corruption due in court today

Source: Antigua Observer | Cops accused of kidnapping and corruption due in court today Corporal Marcus Isadore and Constable Peter Lugay, the two police officers whose alleged criminal actions have been condemned by the force, are due in court today on charges of kidnapping, assault and corruption. Isadore, 43, of Potters and Lugay, 23, of

Political commentators say MPs lack education and experience

Source: Antigua Observer | Political commentators say MPs lack education and experience Economist Anthony Reynolds has raised concern over regional parliamentarians’ qualifications to conduct strong debates as he concluded that many lack the academic background or experience. “The people that may be best qualified to govern, they may not be very electable or appealing to

Youth violence becoming more aggressive in A&B

Source: Antigua Observer | Youth violence becoming more aggressive in A&B As people across Antigua & Barbuda continue to express concern and question why students appear to be increasingly settling their scores with more violent behaviour, educator and Principal of the Ottos Comprehensive Secondary School, Foster Roberts said this sort of conduct must be addressed

Public pressure forces PM to toss handgun business proposal

Source: Antigua Observer | Public pressure forces PM to toss handgun business proposal Moments after he told the nation – via OBSERVER Radio – that “there’s absolutely no need for hysteria” over a proposal to set up a handgun assembly plant in Antigua, Prime Minister Gaston Browne bowed to public pressure to scrap what many

Opposition leader questions PM’s claims on gun project

Source: Antigua Observer | Opposition leader questions PM’s claims on gun project The political leader of the opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) Harold Lovell is questioning whether the country’s prime minister is being honest when he said there was no agreement between the government and an investor on a controversial handgun assembly project. Lovell –

Place your bets

Source: Antigua Observer | Place your bets One of the hottest discussions on the street surrounds the possibility of an early election.  Early elections are not typical in this neck of the woods so people are intrigued by the possibility. No group is more energised by this topic than the conspiracy theorists but we will

New MP’s welcome the possibility of recall before their term

Source: Antigua Observer | New MP’s welcome the possibility of recall before their term Newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Bahamas say their Free National Movement (FNM) plans to introduce provisions into law to allow parliamentarians to be recalled by their constituents before their term in office ends. Bahamas MP’s Elsworth Johnson and

Experts say a long-term plan needed in tourism sector

Source: Antigua Observer | Experts say a long-term plan needed in tourism sector Professionals in tourism and marketing have agreed that Antigua & Barbuda would benefit greatly from 10 year to 20-year plan for the development of its hotel industry and its tourism sector. They were speaking on this week’s edition of the Big Issues

Principal says negative reinforcement is promoting delinquency

Source: Antigua Observer | Principal says negative reinforcement is promoting delinquency A secondary school principal is calling on the public to curb the practice of labelling and negative reinforcement toward youth if the public in turn, want youth to curb delinquency. Principal of the Ottos Comprehensive School Foster Roberts was speaking on this week’s edition

Analyst suggests MPs should solely be legislators

Source: Antigua Observer | Analyst suggests MPs should solely be legislators A constitutional reform proponent has called for the creation of a legislature where representatives act solely in that capacity and do not split their roles as ministers of government. Advocate for Profound Constitutional Reform John Anthony-Rullow was speaking on this week’s edition of the

(Updated) Gun Factory Deal To Be Called Off

Source: Antigua Observer | (Updated) Gun Factory Deal To Be Called Off Below is a statement from Prime Minister Gaston Browne.   “There was no formal decision of the Cabinet to establish a gun factory.  However, An informal undertaking was given to an Italian hand gun manufacturer to establish a hand gun factory in the

Gun factory set for Antigua

Source: Antigua Observer | Gun factory set for Antigua   Prime Minister Gaston Browne has confirmed that Chinese investors will be setting up a gun assembly factory in a special economic zone in Antigua. Browne said a law to regulate the sector will be taken to parliament and sale will be prohibited within Antigua. http://antiguaobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/gunsclip.mp3

Springer: Umpire shortage needs addressing

Source: Antigua Observer | Springer: Umpire shortage needs addressing There is a shortage of qualified cricket umpires in the Leeward Islands and this must be addressed if the sub-region is to avert a crisis. This is the belief of Cricket Operations Officer with the Leeward Islands Cricket Board, Vernon Springer, who said the body often struggles to

Are you suffering in silence?

Source: Antigua Observer | Are you suffering in silence?   We Exercise. We Eat Clean. We do regular check-ups. How is your Mental Health? According to the World Health Organization (2001), one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million

Du Plessis hints at retirement after 2019 World Cup

Source: Antigua Observer | Du Plessis hints at retirement after 2019 World Cup Faf du Plessis, South Africa’s Test and T20I captain, has hinted at international retirement in two years’ time but has committed to playing all formats until then. In an interview in the May 2017 edition of GQ Magazine, du Plessis said himself and

CIBC Credit Cards, Mobile App Named Best in the Caribbean

Source: Antigua Chronicle | CIBC Credit Cards, Mobile App Named Best in the Caribbean Less than a year after its launch, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s mobile banking app has been named best in the region. The regional bank’s credit card products were also named best in the region by International Finance Magazine (IFM) in its International Finance

BAHAMAS-TOURISM-Government signs mult-million dollar agreement with Carnival Cruise Lines

Source: Antigua Observer | BAHAMAS-TOURISM-Government signs mult-million dollar agreement with Carnival Cruise Lines NASSAU, Bahamas, May 3, CMC – The Bahamas government has signed an agreement with Carnival Cruise Lines for the construction of a multi-million dollar cruise port and destination in Eastern Grand Bahama that Prime Minister Perry Christie said would stir economic activities

CARIBBEAN-HEALTH-Dominica nominates PAHO director for second term

Source: Antigua Observer | CARIBBEAN-HEALTH-Dominica nominates PAHO director for second term WASHINGTON, May 3, CMC – The Dominica government has nominated Dr. Carissa F. Etienne for a second term as Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB), which is the secretariat of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). PAHO said that Dr. Etienne’s nomination

TRINIDAD-TELECOM-TSTT buys out rival company

Source: Antigua Observer | TRINIDAD-TELECOM-TSTT buys out rival company PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, May 3, CMC – The state-owned Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire 100 per cent of Massy Communications Limited. TSTT said that, once all regulatory approvals are met, the agreement will cost TT$255

The Dark Tower Trailer is Here!

Source: Antigua Observer | The Dark Tower Trailer is Here! Following motion posters, trailer teases and two posters yesterday, the first trailer for Columbia Pictures and MRC’s The Dark Tower has finally arrived and you can check it out in the player below! Let us know what you think of The Dark Tower trailer in

The Flash: Savitar’s identity revealed!

Source: Antigua Observer | The Flash: Savitar’s identity revealed! Savitar’s identity was finally revealed during Tuesday’s episode of The Flash — and it’s safe to say that the hero has truly become the villain. After finally putting the pieces together, Barry Allen came to the realization that Savitar is actually a future version of himself.

Fyre Festival Debacle Sparks Another Class Action Lawsuit

Source: Antigua Observer | Fyre Festival Debacle Sparks Another Class Action Lawsuit It hasn’t yet been a week since the Fyre Festival went down in flames, but the event has already sparked multiple class action lawsuits. The destination music festival set in the Bahamas was sold as a once-in-a-lifetime experience complete with top notch food,

Sexologist argues ‘stealthing’ is sexual violence

Source: Antigua Observer | Sexologist argues ‘stealthing’ is sexual violence A regional sexologist says stealthing transforms consensual sex into a non-consensual act and is recognized as a form of gender based violence. Trinidadian Onika Henry says the new term describes a disturbing practice where men or women remove condoms during sex without their partner knowing.

UPDATE: Robbery Suspect, Anthony Kenroy Hamilton, Charged

Source: Antigua Chronicle | UPDATE: Robbery Suspect, Anthony Kenroy Hamilton, Charged The Nut Grove man, who is alleged to have robbed the owner of a travel agency on April 7th, has now been charged by the police. Anthony Kenroy Hamilton was charged with Aggravated Robbery, three counts of Larceny and two counts of receiving stolen

Eight Teams contest the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Eight Teams contest the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge Antigua Sailing Week is delighted to announce that the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge has a full entry list of top competitors for the fifth edition of the invitational regatta which will take place just off Pigeon Point Beach on Presidente Lay

Antigua and Barbuda seeks to address the concerns of AMRs

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Antigua and Barbuda seeks to address the concerns of AMRs ‘A  three-year Antimicrobial Resistance National Plan of Action will be ready by May 22nd, 2017.’ “Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a public health threat that is of major concern globally, and Antigua and Barbuda has joined the rest of the world in

The world of sailing comes to Antigua Sailing Week

Source: Antigua Chronicle | The world of sailing comes to Antigua Sailing Week A staggering number of sailors from around the world are descending on the Caribbean island of Antigua to celebrate the 50th edition of Antigua Sailing Week. Over 150 teams racing on a huge variety of yachts will make this year’s event the

Another Drug Seizure at the Post Office

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Another Drug Seizure at the Post Office The Police K-9 Unit has made another successful drug seizure at the General Post office on Tuesday. Officers within the unit conducted a routine check at the main post office with the use of the K-9 dogs, and were alerted to a cardboard box

Region moves to develop core indicators for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Region moves to develop core indicators for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Dr. Philomen Harrison, Director, Regional Statistics, CARICOM Secretariat Statisticians began meeting in Roseau, Dominica, on Monday to develop core indicators as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) moves towards fulfilling the requirements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At a Technical

Youths Leaders Call for Comprehensive Sexual Education Across Region

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Youths Leaders Call for Comprehensive Sexual Education Across Region The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), Meeting of Caribbean Youth Leaders – Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS, concluded with Youth Leaders advocating for a review of the age of consent not being aligned with the age when most youth

Two youths bat well for issues on Climate Change

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Two youths bat well for issues on Climate Change What is the world going to look like in the next 50 years? That’s the Question that was put forward by Taiera McFarlane of the Potters Seventh-Day Adventist youth group which is involved in the construction of a huge water reserve through

Plans afoot for Community Carnival 2017

Source: Antigua Chronicle | Plans afoot for Community Carnival 2017 Plans are progressing smoothly for the staging of a series of “Community Carnival” events, geared towards creating awareness of the 60th anniversary of Antigua’s Carnival 2017. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Celebrate Greatness”, The Antigua &Barbuda Festivals Commission will spread the Carnival fever throughout

BAHAMAS-ELECTIONS-Commonwealth to send observer team to Bahamas

Source: Antigua Observer | BAHAMAS-ELECTIONS-Commonwealth to send observer team to Bahamas LONDON, May 2, CMC – The former Ghana foreign minister, Hanna Tetteh, will lead a Commonwealth election observers team to May 10 general elections in the Bahamas. “I’m delighted that former foreign minister, Hanna Tetteh, has accepted my invitation to lead the Commonwealth Observer

DOMINICA-COURT-Judge found Opposition Leader “embellished” allegations made against government ministers

Source: Antigua Observer | DOMINICA-COURT-Judge found Opposition Leader “embellished” allegations made against government ministers ROSEAU, Dominica, May 1, CMC – A High Court judge has said that Opposition Leader Lennox Linton “not only reported or repeated” allegations made against Dominica government ministers but “he adopted an embellished what was alleged”. Last week High Court judge

JAMAICA-CRIME- Security boosted in West Kingston following shooting of former drug lord’s brother

Source: Antigua Observer | JAMAICA-CRIME- Security boosted in West Kingston following shooting of former drug lord’s brother KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 1, CMC. – The police have tightened security in sections of West Kingston following Sunday’s shooting of Leighton “Livity” Coke, the brother of jailed West Kingston former drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke. The police said

ST. KITTS-SECURITY-PM urges an end to gun violence

Source: Antigua Observer | ST. KITTS-SECURITY-PM urges an end to gun violence BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, May 1, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris has called for an end to gun violence and appealed to members of the prison service to put an end also to vengeance. Addressing the inaugural Prison’s Awards and Appreciation Ceremony

CARIBBEAN-HEALTH – PAHO says inequality, exclusion the most important challenges for health, well-being in the Caribbean

Source: Antigua Observer | CARIBBEAN-HEALTH – PAHO says inequality, exclusion the most important challenges for health, well-being in the Caribbean MEXICO CITY, Apr 30, CMC – Head of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, says the most important challenges to health and well-being in the Americas, including the Caribbean, are rooted

Eminem Copyright Trial Versus New Zealand Political Party Begins

Source: Antigua Observer | Eminem Copyright Trial Versus New Zealand Political Party Begins They may not have lost themselves in the music or the moment but a judge and nine lawyers in a New Zealand courtroom did listen politely to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” as a copyright trial involving the country’s ruling political party began Monday.

Ryan Seacrest is Kelly Ripa’s new co-host on ‘Live’

Source: Antigua Observer | Ryan Seacrest is Kelly Ripa’s new co-host on ‘Live’ Ryan Seacrest will join “Live” as Kelly Ripa’s co-host, jump-starting a new era in the morning television ratings race. Seacrest, one of the world’s best-known broadcasters, has co-hosted “Live” five times as a guest since ABC began the search for Michael Strahan’s

Caribbean countries reaffirm commitment to UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Source: Antigua Observer | Caribbean countries reaffirm commitment to UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development MEXICO CITY, Apr. 30, CMC – The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), says regional countries have reaffirmed their collective commitment to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. According to the document  signed by government

New Police Commissioner promises to develop culture of proactive policing

Source: Antigua Observer | New Police Commissioner promises to develop culture of proactive policing KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr. 30, CMC  – Jamaica’s newly appointed Commission of Police George Quallo, has pledged to develop culture of proactive policing within the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), that focuses on crime prevention. Quallo, who was speaking at his installation as

Iran satellite TV head shot dead in Istanbul: Dogan news

Source: Antigua Observer | Iran satellite TV head shot dead in Istanbul: Dogan news The head of an Iranian satellite television network who last year was sentenced in absentia to six years in prison by a Tehran court was shot dead in Istanbul together with a business partner, Turkey’s Dogan news agency said on Sunday.

Iraqi commander says to complete capture of Mosul in May

Source: Antigua Observer | Iraqi commander says to complete capture of Mosul in May An Iraqi commander expects to dislodge Islamic State from Mosul in May despite resistance from militants in the densely populated Old City district. The battle should be completed “in a maximum of three weeks”, the Iraqi army’s chief of staff, Lieutenant

Couple Hospitalized After Crash

Source: Antigua Observer | Couple Hospitalized After Crash A couple is hospitalized after their car, A 43366, crashed into a boulder on Factory Road around 6 am today. The vehicle spun out of control and slammed into several boulders outside Gigi Furniture/Ashley Furniture Homestore. Sources said the male and female occupants are in stable condition at

Government to review Cybercrimes legislation

Source: Antigua Observer | Government to review Cybercrimes legislation KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 29, CMC – The Jamaica government says the revision of the Cybercrimes Act 2015 is to get underway in another two to three months and will address, among other things, concerns that the current legislation inhibits freedom of expression. Science, Energy and Technology

Forbes sixth goal helps San Antonio extend lead

Source: Antigua Observer | Forbes sixth goal helps San Antonio extend lead PORTLAND, United States, Apr 29, CMC – Turks and Caicos international Billy Forbes scored his sixth goal of the season as San Antonio FC dominated home side Portland Timbers 4-0 in the United Soccer League here Friday night. Playing at Providence Park, the

Lambe pens new deal as Carlisle move back into play-offs

Source: Antigua Observer | Lambe pens new deal as Carlisle move back into play-offs LONDON, Apr 29, CMC – Bermudian winger Reggie Lambe celebrated signing a new one-year deal with English League Two side Carlisle United by helping his Cumbrian outfit move back into the play-off zone with one match remaining by edging struggling Newport

History on the line as Windies chase series-leveller

Source: Antigua Observer | History on the line as Windies chase series-leveller BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Apr 29, CMC – Embattled West Indies will place several decades of history on the line when they go in search of a series-levelling victory in the second Test of the three-match series against Pakistan here Sunday. They have never lost

St Lucia’s Anthony, Vincentian King among winners

Source: Antigua Observer | St Lucia’s Anthony, Vincentian King among winners CASTRIES, St Lucia, Apr 29, CMC – St Lucia’s Marvin Anthony and Vincentian Keithland King both scored easy victories on the second night of the Invitational Boxing tournament here Friday. Fighting in the middleweight division, Anthony defeated Joshua Redhead after the Grenadian’s corner threw

Performances have to speak, warns skipper Holder

Source: Antigua Observer | Performances have to speak, warns skipper Holder BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Apr 29, CMC – West Indies captain Jason Holder on Saturday sent a timely reminder to his struggling squad that “performances have to speak” or they risk losing their place in the side. Speaking ahead of the pivotal second Test against Pakistan

New political leader leads party to victory in Curacao

Source: Antigua Observer | New political leader leads party to victory in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao, Apr 29, CMC -The Partido Alternativa Real (PAR) led by its new political leader Eugene Rhuggenaath was Saturday declared the biggest winner following the preliminary count of the general elections held here on Friday. The PAR received 18,362 of a total of 78,815 votes

No decision yet on replacing Philippe in Haitian Senate

Source: Antigua Observer | No decision yet on replacing Philippe in Haitian Senate PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Apr 29, CMC – The Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) says it is yet to decide on the political future of former rebel leader turned politician, Guy Philippe, who pleaded guilty earlier this week to a drug money-laundering charge

Commission finds fraudulent activities within education sector

Source: Antigua Observer | Commission finds fraudulent activities within education sector GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Apr 29, CMC – A Commission of Inquiry into the Education sector here has found that some persons were engaged in fraudulent activities and were paid salaries even though the head teacher does not know of their existence. Chairman of the COI,

More Star Trek stamps? Make it so, says Canada Post

Source: Antigua Observer | More Star Trek stamps? Make it so, says Canada Post “Star Trek” fans can now get Starfleet’s most famous figures to help deliver their mail, thanks to a new collection of seven stamps issued on Friday by Canada Post, the country’s mail operator. The stamps, a followup to a set released

Comedy series ‘Roseanne’ could be latest U.S. television comeback

Source: Antigua Observer | Comedy series ‘Roseanne’ could be latest U.S. television comeback “Roseanne,” the hit 1990s television comedy about a working-class American family, could be on its way back, Hollywood trade publications reported on Friday, marking the latest in a trend for revivals of 20-year-old shows. Variety and Deadline.com reported that a revival with

China deports U.S. citizen convicted of espionage

Source: Antigua Observer | China deports U.S. citizen convicted of espionage China has deported a U.S. citizen who was convicted of espionage this week after being held without trial for two years, removing a source of friction between Washington and Beijing. Sandy Phan-Gillis was arrested in March 2015 while about to leave mainland China for

Cuban sugar burns to recapture sweet smell of success

Source: Antigua Observer | Cuban sugar burns to recapture sweet smell of success As Red Stripe moves to position itself as a key global player, the beer company has announced that it has signed top international firm Ogilvy as its new creative agency. The brand is looking to push boundaries with its new global marketing

Vexit? Venezuela to ditch regional bloc over crisis

Source: Antigua Observer | Vexit? Venezuela to ditch regional bloc over crisis Venezuela began the process of formally quitting the Organization of American States (OAS) yesterday, after branding it an “interventionist coalition” for pressuring President Nicolas Maduro over a deadly political crisis.The OAS has led an international chorus of concern over the economic and political

Privy Council assesses $60,000 in costs against Dominica opposition leader

Source: Antigua Observer | Privy Council assesses ,000 in costs against Dominica opposition leader LONDON, England — Some 18 months after delivering its judgment in a defamation case involving Dominica’s opposition leader Lennox Linton as respondent, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) on Thursday assessed costs against Linton at £45,992.19 (US$60,000). The appeal

Yet another credit downgrade for Trinidad and Tobago

Source: Antigua Observer | Yet another credit downgrade for Trinidad and Tobago NEW YORK, USA — Rating agency Moody’s announced on Wednesday that it had downgraded Trinidad and Tobago’s credit rating to Ba1 from Baa3, just days after Friday’s announcement by Standard and Poor’s (S&P) that it had lowered its long-term sovereign credit ratings from

Nintendo Finally Says Goodbye To 3D

Source: Antigua Observer | Nintendo Finally Says Goodbye To 3D Few video game systems have had as strange a journey as Nintendo’s 3DS. The spunky portable console flopped, got a massive price cut, gradually built up a spectacular library of games, and received several bizarre (and confusing) hardware models throughout its six years on store

Marvel Studios wants to work with Sylvester Stallone again

Source: Antigua Observer | Marvel Studios wants to work with Sylvester Stallone again Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige and director James Gunn want to collaborate with actor Sylvester Stallone beyond their film “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Although Gunn says it is not quite clear just where the “Rocky” star is going to show up next,

Get to know the new Wonder Woman and Spider-Man

Source: Antigua Observer | Get to know the new Wonder Woman and Spider-Man LOS ANGELES — You know the names and you’ve met them briefly before, but this summer Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man take centre stage in blockbusters all their own. Both face the gargantuan task of revitalizing brands and properties

Grand Royal Antiguan workers will receive severance pay, union says

Source: Antigua Observer | Grand Royal Antiguan workers will receive severance pay, union says The union representing the 50-plus workers at the Grand Royal Antiguan Resort said it has initiated talks with the former owners in Trinidad & Tobago to secure severance pay, vacation entitlements and other oustanding benefits owed to them. The 260-room resort,

A&B looking to embrace Bitcoin

Source: Antigua Observer | A&B looking to embrace Bitcoin The Cabinet of Antigua & Barbuda has instructed the Attorney General, Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin to draft laws for the implementation of Bitcoin. This, after a group connected with the Antigua Leisure & Gaming Association met with Cabinet, on Wednesday, to discuss and share knowledge and experience on

Over $300K injection for disabled children’s outreach project

Source: Antigua Observer | Over 0K injection for disabled children’s outreach project Friends of the Care Project is preparing to launch a community outreach project aimed at building capacity among parents and professionals to care for disabled children. According to the President of the Friends of the Care Project, Annette Carey, a large part of

Tabor has no apology for PM Browne over alleged defamation

Source: Antigua Observer | Tabor has no apology for PM Browne over alleged defamation Opposition Senator Damani Tabor said he would not be apologising to Prime Minister Gaston Browne and his wife Maria Bird-Browne even after receiving a lawyer’s letter demanding he retract alleged defamatory statements about Bird-Browne. The senator said he was served with

Construction on Barbuda airport to start in September

Source: Antigua Observer | Construction on Barbuda airport to start in September Construction of the new airport runway in Barbuda – which broke ground last month  – is now expected to start in September. The cost is also expected to go up, but only slightly, after a Cabinet decision to increase the runway width from

AGE DEBATE ON BIRTH CONTROL

Source: Antigua Observer | AGE DEBATE ON BIRTH CONTROL   A prominent physician is advocating for the laws of Antigua & Barbuda to be changed to allow children as young as 13 to be able to access birth control products over the counter. Yesterday, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Dane Abbott defended his stance by stating,

Davis Cup preparations sluggish but effective, Maginley says

Source: Antigua Observer | Davis Cup preparations sluggish but effective, Maginley says The Antigua & Barbuda Tennis Association (ABTA) may have to apply unconventional methods when selecting the country’s final Davis Cup team for the opening leg of the tournament, scheduled to serve off in June. This is according to former national player and the

NOC head demands answers

Source: Antigua Observer | NOC head demands answers The head of the National Olympic Committee (NOC), EP Chet Greene, said he will be writing to the President of the Antigua & Barbuda Athletics Association (ABAA), Everton Cornelius, in the quest for answers as to how the body plans to handle what he is calling, a

Judges get part-time posts in Cayman Islands

Source: Antigua Observer | Judges get part-time posts in Cayman Islands HAMILTON, Bermuda, Apr 27, CMC – Three Bermuda Supreme Court judges are now able to sit part-time in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands. Chief Justice Ian Kawaley, a Bermudian, has been appointed as a judge of the Grand Court Financial Services Division,

Trump administration officially opens new immigration office

Source: Antigua Observer | Trump administration officially opens new immigration office WASHINGTON, Apr. 27, CMC – US President Donald Trump has made good on a campaign promise to open an office that deals specifically with assisting what he says are victims of crimes committed by criminal immigrants from the Caribbean and other places. The Secretary

Moody’s downgrades Tobago House of Assembly’s rating

Source: Antigua Observer | Moody’s downgrades Tobago House of Assembly’s rating NEW YORK, Apr. 27, CMC – International credit ratings agency, Moody’s Investors Service on Wednesday downgraded Tobago House of Assembly’s issuer rating to Ba1 (Global Scale, Local Currency) from Baa3 and changed the outlook to stable from negative. Wednesday’s action follows Moody’s rating action

Farmers count cost as drought hits Bermuda

Source: Antigua Observer | Farmers count cost as drought hits Bermuda HAMILTON, Bermuda, Apr 27, CMC – Bermuda’s farmers are counting the cost of drought conditions now hitting the island. They are concerned as less than an inch of rain has fallen on the island in the past 30 days and total rainfall for the

Instagram ban of Imogen Cunningham nude photos stuns Boston museum

Source: Antigua Observer | Instagram ban of Imogen Cunningham nude photos stuns Boston museum Social media company Instagram pulled photos by U.S. photographer Imogen Cunningham promoting an exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, saying they violated decency standards, even as parent company Facebook Inc faces criticism for users’ live videos of murder. At issue

Ballet great Baryshnikov granted Latvian citizenship

Source: Antigua Observer | Ballet great Baryshnikov granted Latvian citizenship Latvia has granted citizenship to ballet great Mikhail Baryshnikov, who left more than 50 years ago when the Baltic country was still under the Soviet rule. The 69-year-old Baryshnikov, born in Riga to Russian parents, will have two passports as he is also a U.S.

‘Silence of the Lambs’ director Jonathan Demme dies of cancer

Source: Antigua Observer | ‘Silence of the Lambs’ director Jonathan Demme dies of cancer Jonathan Demme, the eclectic movie director whose work ranged from thrillers like “The Silence of the Lambs” to documentaries on leading musicians, died early on Wednesday of complications from esophageal cancer, his publicist said. The 73-year-old director of ground-breaking AIDS movie

Fox News anchor, others hit network with race bias claims

Source: Antigua Observer | Fox News anchor, others hit network with race bias claims Fox News faces renewed legal claims that it mistreated non-white employees, a week after network parent Twenty-First Century Fox Inc severed ties with its biggest star over unrelated sexual harassment complaints. Eleven current and former Fox employees, including news anchor Kelly

Le Pen, Macron spar as French presidential race narrows slightly

Source: Antigua Observer | Le Pen, Macron spar as French presidential race narrows slightly Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen took a fishing-boat ride on Thursday as two polls suggested the underdog had made a more impressive start to the last lap of campaigning than the favourite, centrist Emmanuel Macron. Since last Sunday’s opening

Abbas turns screw on Hamas by cutting Gaza’s electricity

Source: Antigua Observer | Abbas turns screw on Hamas by cutting Gaza’s electricity With the prospect looming of a Middle East peace initiative by a new U.S. administration more sympathetic to Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to turn the screw on the Hamas group that has kept Gaza out of his control for

Reporters Without Borders: Journalism at tipping point

Source: Antigua Observer | Reporters Without Borders: Journalism at tipping point Press freedom has never been as threatened as it is now, in the “new post-truth era of fake news”, strongmen and propaganda, Reporters Without Borders said. Its annual World Press Freedom Index, published on Wednesday, warned of a “tipping point” for journalism. “Attacks on

Angry debate in Egypt over reforms in Islam against radicals

Source: Antigua Observer | Angry debate in Egypt over reforms in Islam against radicals CAIRO — It was a startling collision of religion and politics. Egypt’s president proposed a new law that would prevent Muslim men from ending their marriages simply by saying “divorce” three times. The country’s top institution of Islamic clerics, Al-Azhar, bluntly

Thaad battery installed in dead of night

Source: Antigua Observer | Thaad battery installed in dead of night The U.S. Forces Korea began installing key components of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) battery early Wednesday morning at a golf course in Seongju County, North Gyeongsang, resulting in scuffles with local residents who objected to the stealthy deployment of the antimissile

White House readies executive order to quit NAFTA: report

Source: Antigua Observer | White House readies executive order to quit NAFTA: report President Donald Trump is considering an executive order kicking off U.S. withdrawal from the North American free-trade agreement, Politico and CNN reported Wednesday. Such an order would not immediately pull the U.S. out of the deal. Instead, it would give Canada and

Justin Bieber being sued for hate crime

Source: Antigua Observer | Justin Bieber being sued for hate crime Justin Bieber’s former neighbours are trying to sue him for hate crime. The 23-year-old pop star may have moved away from Jeffrey and Suzanne Schwartz three years ago after he was forced to shell out $80,000 for egging their house in Calabasas, California, in

STRATCOM: Another drug seizure at the Post Office

Source: Antigua Observer | STRATCOM: Another drug seizure at the Post Office The Police K-9 Unit has made another successful drug seizure at the General Post office on Tuesday. Officers within the unit conducted a routine check at the main post office with the use of the K-9 dogs, and were alerted to a cardboard

The only way 13 Reasons Why could be acceptable

Source: Antigua Observer | The only way 13 Reasons Why could be acceptable 13 Reasons Why is the new kid on the outrage block, the Netflix book-to-small-screen drama of Hannah Baker, 17, who takes her own life. The US producers make the grandiose claim that it unflinchingly, yet conveniently, packages up “some of the really

With ‘Alien,’ ‘Blade Runner’ sequels, Scott looks forward

Source: Antigua Observer | With ‘Alien,’ ‘Blade Runner’ sequels, Scott looks forward LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Ridley Scott insists he is not a nostalgic person, but you wouldn’t know that looking at the 2017 movie calendar. Not only are audiences getting another “Alien” movie, “Alien: Covenant,” on May 19, but also a long-time-coming “Blade Runner”

HMB project hit by court ruling

Source: Antigua Observer | HMB project hit by court ruling The Government of Antigua & Barbuda is to be served “shortly” with a “default ruling” by Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for any money still to be paid by the company that bought the derelict Half Moon Bay resort, to be “garnished” to the Courts

DNA taking notes as advice and criticism pour in

Source: Antigua Observer | DNA taking notes as advice and criticism pour in The newly formed political party, Democratic National Alliance (DNA) – said it is taking seriously, criticisms and suggestions made to and about the organisation since its launch a week ago. Speaking on behalf of the party, DNA member Anthony Stuart said it

Astaphan denies conflict of interest claims against CCJ president

Source: Antigua Observer | Astaphan denies conflict of interest claims against CCJ president Dominican attorney Anthony Astaphan has refuted allegations that President of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Sir Dennis Byron’s role in a case brought against the Government of Dominica was a conflict of interest. The allegation was made by attorney Cabral

Gov’t approves four-year snail eradication programme

Source: Antigua Observer | Gov’t approves four-year snail eradication programme Head of the Plant Protection Unit (PPU) Dr Janil Gore Francis said that the government has approved a four-year Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) to effect the steps necessary to eliminate the Giant African Snail, which has taken over about 40 per cent of the

No date yet for Tabor’s lawsuit against gov’t

Source: Antigua Observer | No date yet for Tabor’s lawsuit against gov’t The attorney representing Senator Damani Tabor in his lawsuit against the state, said he has not yet heard anything about a date for the hearing which has been stalled since early December 2016. Charlesworth Tabor said he had been hoping to hear from

Eight young stars to represent in Caribbean tennis tournament

Source: Antigua Observer | Eight young stars to represent in Caribbean tennis tournament Eight national youth tennis players will represent Antigua & Barbuda in the fifth installment of the Antigua & Barbuda Tennis Association (ABTA) Caribbean Junior Invitational 12 & Under Tennis tournament slated for this weekend at the National Tennis Center (NTC) at Campsite.

Batting Meltdown Leaves Windies With Heavy Loss

Source: Antigua Observer | Batting Meltdown Leaves Windies With Heavy Loss KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Timid West Indies failed to survive the anticipated final day onslaught from Pakistan and slumped to a seven-wicket defeat in the opening Test at Sabina Park on Tuesday. Resuming their second innings on 93 for four, the hosts’ suspect batting

Gabriel displaying exemplary attitude, says Estwick

Source: Antigua Observer | Gabriel displaying exemplary attitude, says Estwick KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has come in for high praise from bowling coach Roddy Estwick over his work ethic, following his recovery from injury. Speaking during the ongoing first Test, Estwick hailed the effort by Gabriel after the Trinidadian speedster took

Cameroon jails journalist over boko haram allegations

Source: Antigua Observer | Cameroon jails journalist over boko haram allegations A military court in Cameroon has sentenced a journalist to 10 years in prison for alleged links to militant group Boko Haram. In a ruling that human rights groups called “outrageous”, a court in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde sentenced Ahmed Abba, a correspondent for Radio

Uber wants to bring flying cars to New York City

Source: Antigua Observer | Uber wants to bring flying cars to New York City Uber wants to fill the New York City skyline with flying cars. The ride-sharing app is pouring millions of dollars into putting fast, quiet and affordable flying cars into operation — and aims to make New York a backdrop for its

The Latest: Chinese media warn N. Korea against nuke test

Source: Antigua Observer | The Latest: Chinese media warn N. Korea against nuke test A ruling Chinese Communist Party newspaper is warning North Korea against conducting another nuclear test, saying that would likely propel events past the “point of no return.” In an editorial Tuesday, the Global Times says the previous day’s phone conversation between

Alkaline’s UK gig cancelled

Source: Antigua Observer | Alkaline’s UK gig cancelled An unruly crowd forced the cancellation of a concert headlined by Jamaican dancehall artiste Alkaline at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, on the weekend. According to an article posted on the Evening Standard’s website, police were called in after fans allegedly tried to gain access inside

Top six digital transformation trends in media and entertainment

Source: Antigua Observer | Top six digital transformation trends in media and entertainment Article by – Daniel Newman Last month, I started a new series highlighting the biggest digital transformation trends in healthcare and retail. This month, I’m continuing the series by taking a look at an industry all of us know pretty intimately: media

Ivanka Trump arrives in Berlin to work on special relationship

Source: Antigua Observer | Ivanka Trump arrives in Berlin to work on special relationship It could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship, after all. In the wake of a mid-March White House visit characterized by awkward moments — President Donald Trump apparently declined to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hand in the Oval Office

Trinidad Government cautiously welcomes S&P ratings

Source: Antigua Observer | Trinidad Government cautiously welcomes S&P ratings The Trinidad and Tobago government Tuesday cautiously welcomed the decision by the US-based international ratings agency, Standards and Poors (S&P), to lower the Long Term Sovereign Credit Ratings for the oil-rich twin island republic from A- to BBB+. While the agency maintained the country’s economic

CDB to discuss regional productivity, tourism industry reform

Source: Antigua Observer | CDB to discuss regional productivity, tourism industry reform The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will release two major studies to support the region’s economic growth agenda when it holds its 47th  Annual Meeting of its Board of Governors in the Turks and Caicos Islands next month. “The studies will analyse two

Barbados objects to being labelled money laundering country

Source: Antigua Observer | Barbados objects to being labelled money laundering country BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Apr 25, CMC – The Barbados government Tuesday described as “misleading” the decision by the United States to list the island as a major for money laundering. Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite said that “Barbados is duty bound to state its position

No relay medals for Antigua & Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer | No relay medals for Antigua & Barbuda Antigua & Barbuda registered a DNF (Did Not Finish) in the 4×100 metres relay and finished at the bottom of the pile in the 4×200 metres relay at the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Relays held at the T Robinson Stadium in the Bahamas

Robbery victim appeals for streetlights in his community

Source: Antigua Observer | Robbery victim appeals for streetlights in his community A St Johnston’s Village family was robbed in their home in the wee hours yesterday morning, and one victim is calling on the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) to urgently replace broken streetlights in the area. David Charles said many of the streets

Hurricanes end campaign on high note

Source: Antigua Observer | Hurricanes end campaign on high note GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – Leeward Islands Hurricanes sealed only their third win of the Regional first class championship when they crushed already-crowned champions Guyana Jaguars by 10 wickets inside three days in Guyana on Sunday. After building a first innings lead of 119 runs at

Gov’t says it won’t delay King’s extradition

Source: Antigua Observer | Gov’t says it won’t delay King’s extradition The government will, according to Attorney General Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin, act when called upon to execute the extradition order to return Leroy King, the former administrator of the Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC), to the United States for trial. Benjamin told OBSERVER media that

Serena brands Nastase comments ‘racist’ and backs investigation

Source: Antigua Observer | Serena brands Nastase comments ‘racist’ and backs investigation Serena Williams says Ilie Nastase’s recent comments about her unborn child are “racist” and has offered her full support to an International Tennis Federation investigation. Nastase, a former world number one and Grand Slam champion, was heard speculating whether Williams’ child would be

Official: Men tend question paternity after breakup

Source: Antigua Observer | Official: Men tend question paternity after breakup The Executive Director of the Antigua Planned Parenthood Association (APPA), Lyndale Weaver-Greenaway, has attributed the “breakdown” of a relationship as the source of most paternity disputes. The head of the local association, which provides paternity testing, has suggested testing should be optional following a

Imagine being stuck at the top

Source: Antigua Observer | Imagine being stuck at the top The Antigua Public Utilities Authority’s (APUA) head office building at the top of High Street and Independence Avenue was recently in the news. It is reported that faulty wires began to smoke and the situation resulted in staff and customers being evacuated from the building.

LOVELL: DNA IS A SIDESHOW

Source: Antigua Observer | LOVELL: DNA IS A SIDESHOW The main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) said it is not daunted by the “sideshow” that is the Democratic National Alliance (DNA), a new political party which pundits say could cripple the UPP’s chances of winning the next general election. The UPP Political Leader Harold Lovell

Agriculture ministry says efforts continue to eradicate snails

Source: Antigua Observer | Agriculture ministry says efforts continue to eradicate snails For the second time in recent weeks the government has attempted to provide more details about the eradication programme to eliminate the Giant African Snail following increased backlash from members of the public, especially local farmers. In a press release issued to the

Rodney bows to pressure, will contest local cricket elections

Source: Antigua Observer | Rodney bows to pressure, will contest local cricket elections President of the Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA), Leon Rodney, said he will be seeking re-election when the body holds its Annual General Meeting (AGM) later this year. His recent announcement contradicts what he said in February, when he announced that

Bendals Man Fined 45k on Drug Charges

Source: Antigua Observer | Bendals Man Fined 45k on Drug Charges A Bendals man was fined $45,000 on drug charges in the St. John’s Magistrate’s Court on Monday. James Dean, 57yrs old of Bendals appeared before Chief Magistrate Walsh charged with Cultivation of 760 Cannabis plants, Possession of 2 ½ pounds of cured Cannabis, Possession

Anti-corruption groups meeting in Jamaica

Source: Antigua Observer | Anti-corruption groups meeting in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 24, CMC – The Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-corruption Bodies (CCAICACB) began a five-day conference here on Monday that the organisers said provides an opportunity to share best practices and develop mechanisms for tackling corruption regionally. Jamaica is hosting for

St. Lucia seeking to reduce disaster risks

Source: Antigua Observer | St. Lucia seeking to reduce disaster risks CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Apr 24, CMC – The St. Lucia government says it is undertaking a project that would lead to an improvement in hydrological and meteorological data and forecasts to help reduce disaster risks. It said that as part of the Disaster Vulnerability

At ‘sit-ins’ and barricades, Venezuela protesters try to keep momentum

Source: Antigua Observer | At ‘sit-ins’ and barricades, Venezuela protesters try to keep momentum Venezuelans erected barricades with garbage and even bathtubs on Monday and snarled traffic with mass “sit-ins” along major thoroughfares to press their demand for early elections as anti-government protests entered a fourth week. Ten people have been killed during near daily

Hollande urges French to reject Le Pen in presidential runoff vote

Source: Antigua Observer | Hollande urges French to reject Le Pen in presidential runoff vote France’s outgoing president, Francois Hollande, on Monday urged people to back centrist Emmanuel Macron in a vote to choose his successor next month and reject far-right leader Marine Le Pen, whose place in the runoff represented a “risk” for France.

U.S., Philippines scale back next month’s military drills, no more ‘war games’

Source: Antigua Observer | U.S., Philippines scale back next month’s military drills, no more ‘war games’ About 5,000 American and Philippine troops will hold humanitarian exercises next month instead of annual war games, scaling back military drills in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s disdain for their longstanding defense alliance. Troops taking part in “Balikatan” will

Four-year-old falls out of moving bus

Source: Antigua Observer | Four-year-old falls out of moving bus (CNN)It’s a scene that would make any parent shudder — a 4-year-old girl tumbles out of the back of a moving bus in the middle of a busy highway. Video of the incident shows the back door of the bus springing open and the young

Israel comes to standstill as sirens mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

Source: Antigua Observer | Israel comes to standstill as sirens mark Holocaust Remembrance Day JERUSALEM—Israel came to a standstill on Monday as people stopped in their tracks for a two-minute siren that wailed across the country in remembrance of the Holocaust’s 6 million Jewish victims. The ritual is the centrepiece of Israel’s annual Holocaust Remembrance

Calls for specific laws to address sexual assault

Source: Antigua Observer | Calls for specific laws to address sexual assault Attorney Warren Cassell has suggested that residents need to pressure parliamentarians in Antigua & Barbuda into updating the specific laws that deal with sexual harassment. He said such acts are only taken seriously when strong laws are in place to protect the victim,

Barbuda would like to announce the arrival of …

Source: Antigua Observer | Barbuda would like to announce the arrival of … The opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) and the Barbuda People’s Movement (BPM) have broken out their ‘we told you so’ personas following the news from Barbuda Member of Parliament (MP) Arthur Nibbs that the grand airport plans have been put on hold.

AG’s grandson’s limbs fractured in car crash

Source: Antigua Observer | AG’s grandson’s limbs fractured in car crash Attorney General MP Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin said his 14-year-old grandson Donté Benjamin, who was in a car crash on Friday, and who sustained several fractures, is recovering well in hospital. The St Anthony’s Secondary student was in a silver car, A 44719, with two

Official: Mandatory DNA testing before child maintenance

Source: Antigua Observer | Official: Mandatory DNA testing before child maintenance Mandatory DNA testing should be required before child maintenance orders are granted for children in Antigua & Barbuda and the wider region, the head of an organisation geared towards the interest of men, is suggesting. President of the Single Fathers’ Association of Trinidad &

Political pundits: DNA spells trouble for the UPP

Source: Antigua Observer | Political pundits: DNA spells trouble for the UPP Political pundits examining the impact of the launch of the nation’s newest political party – the Democratic National Alliance, (DNA) – agree that it will spell trouble for the main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP). Political pollster and analyst Don Anderson noted that

Another missing woman found, two men detained

Source: Antigua Observer | Another missing woman found, two men detained Two men were detained by police over the weekend after lawmen found in their company, a mentally ill woman who was reported missing. Police confirmed to OBSERVER media that 25-year-old Anniel Robin was located on Saturday, based on a tip-off a day after she

DNA not inspired by the works of its opponents

Source: Antigua Observer | DNA not inspired by the works of its opponents Former United Progressive Party (UPP) executive member Sylvester Brown said the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) is destroying the country, as he added that he is not impressed with the performance of the ruling Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) and the

North Korea detains third U.S. citizen

Source: Antigua Observer | North Korea detains third U.S. citizen North Korea detained a U.S. citizen on Saturday as he attempted to leave the country, bringing the total number of Americans held by the isolated country to three. Korean-American Tony Kim had spent a month teaching an accounting course at the Pyongyang University of Science

Al Qaeda chief urges jihadists to use guerrilla tactics in Syria

Source: Antigua Observer | Al Qaeda chief urges jihadists to use guerrilla tactics in Syria Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has called on Syrian Sunni jihadists to wage guerrilla war against enemies ranging from Syrian President Bashar al Assad and his Iranian-backed allies to Western powers. In an audio recording posted online on Sunday, Zawahri

Doctors being trained to detect microcephaly in pregnant women

Source: Antigua Observer | Doctors being trained to detect microcephaly in pregnant women GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Apr. 22, CMC – Doctors from across all regions in Guyana are being trained to detect microcephaly in expectant mothers. The training – conducted by the Ministry of Public Health in collaboration with the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and

New session of Parliament begins on Tuesday

Source: Antigua Observer | New session of Parliament begins on Tuesday CASTRIES, St Lucia, Apr. 22, CMC-A new session of the St Lucia Parliament is scheduled to begin on Tuesday morning, with members of the House of Assembly meeting at 10:00am (local time) and members of the Senate meeting at 10:30am. There will then be

Expedia to open arrival lounge at Sangster International Airport

Source: Antigua Observer | Expedia to open arrival lounge at Sangster International Airport KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr. 23, CMC – The online travel agency Expedia has announced plans to open an arrival lounge at the Sangster International Airport in the western city of Montego Bay. The Expedia Local Expert Arrival Lounge will provide guests with a

Matthews half-century keeps Barbados unbeaten

Source: Antigua Observer | Matthews half-century keeps Barbados unbeaten KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, Apr 22, CMC – Teenaged West Indies batting star Hayley Matthews made her presence felt, stroking an unbeaten half-century to fire Barbados to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Jamaica in the second round of the Women’s Regional Super50 here Saturday. Set a meagre

Bowen remains out front after triple

Source: Antigua Observer | Bowen remains out front after triple AUBURN, Washington, Apr 22, CMC – Reigning Emerald Downs champion Rocco Bowen continued the robust defence of this title with a triple at the scenic Pacific Northwest racetrack here Friday. The 27-year-old jockey reeled off victories in race one with 15-1 outsider Barasso, in race

Taylor rescues Hurricanes from Reifer onslaught

Source: Antigua Observer | Taylor rescues Hurricanes from Reifer onslaught GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Apr 22, CMC – Lower order batsman Jacques Taylor struck his third first class half-century to rescue Leeward Islands Hurricanes and give them a handy lead over champions Guyana Jaguars here Saturday. Playing on the second day of the rescheduled ninth round game

Jaguars (187) vs Hurricanes 255-7 – 2nd day , 9th round

Source: Antigua Observer | Jaguars (187) vs Hurricanes 255-7 – 2nd day , 9th round GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Apr 22, CMC – Leeward Islands Hurricanes, replying to Guyana Jaguars’ 187 all out, reached 255 for seven at the close on the second day of their rescheduled ninth-round game in the Regional four-day championship at the Guyana

25-year-old Anneil Robin has been found alive

Source: Antigua Observer | 25-year-old Anneil Robin has been found alive The police have confirmed that a 25-year-old Anneil Robin who was reported missing yesterday has been found alive. According to reports, Robin who is mentally ill-left her Swetes home at around 8:15 am on Friday 21st April.  Police Public Relations Officer Sergeant Frankie Thomas

‘Genius’ TV series shows drama of Albert Einstein’s life

Source: Antigua Observer | ‘Genius’ TV series shows drama of Albert Einstein’s life Philosopher, humanitarian and physicist Albert Einstein is the subject of new TV series “Genius,” which delves into the drama and passion of the man who developed the theory of relativity and helped initiate the U.S. effort to build an atomic bomb. Executive

Lively, Chastain, Chelsea Clinton honored for philanthropic work

Source: Antigua Observer | Lively, Chastain, Chelsea Clinton honored for philanthropic work Hollywood actresses Blake Lively and Jessica Chastain were among the six women honored on Friday for their philanthropic efforts with organizations helping women and children. They joined singer-actress Audra McDonald, television personality Gayle King, Viacom media executive Shari Redstone and Chelsea Clinton, vice

Police injured in protests against right-wing AfD party congress

Source: Antigua Observer | Police injured in protests against right-wing AfD party congress Two police officers were injured and a police car was set ablaze during protests in Cologne on Saturday, police said, as some 600 delegates of the deeply divided anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party met to discuss policy for September’s national elections.

Overseas voters kick off crucial French presidential election

Source: Antigua Observer | Overseas voters kick off crucial French presidential election French overseas territories and residents in some U.S. states such as Hawaii began voting on Saturday in the French presidential election, a day ahead of a main first-round vote that could change the global political landscape. Of 47 million registered French voters, there

Peaceful outcome for Korean peninsula still possible: Pence

Source: Antigua Observer | Peaceful outcome for Korean peninsula still possible: Pence Denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula can still be achieved peacefully because of Washington’s new engagement with China, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday, despite growing fears North Korea could soon conduct a new nuclear test. South Korea is on heightened alert

AG’s grandson among three injured in car crash

Source: Antigua Observer | AG’s grandson among three injured in car crash Fourteen year-old Donte Benjamin, grandson of Attorney General MP Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin, is among three males hospitalised with fractured limbs and cuts after an early morning crash on Friday. The AG told OBSERVER media his grandson sustained a broken left femur and broken

Queen turns 91: Monarch spends birthday at Newbury Racecourse

Source: Antigua Observer | Queen turns 91: Monarch spends birthday at Newbury Racecourse The Queen has celebrated her 91st birthday by taking part in one of her favourite activities – watching the races at Newbury Racecourse. It was a more modest affair than the national festivities for her 90th birthday last year. But military salutes

Government opponents appeal to Venezuela’s military as chaos grows

Source: Antigua Observer | Government opponents appeal to Venezuela’s military as chaos grows As opponents of President Nicolás Maduro confront his government with intensifying protests, they are also challenging him in a high-stakes battle for the sympathies of Venezuela’s armed forces. The demonstrations have drawn huge crowds this week but appear unlikely to force Maduro

Puerto Rico to host 2018 Caribbean Travel Marketplace

Source: Antigua Observer | Puerto Rico to host 2018 Caribbean Travel Marketplace Puerto Rico will host the 2018 edition of Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the Caribbean’s largest marketing event, at the Puerto Rico Convention Center from January 30 to February 1, 2018. Produced by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), in collaboration with the Puerto

CARICOM Secretariat convenes trade consultation

Source: Antigua Observer | CARICOM Secretariat convenes trade consultation The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat convened a private sector consultation and capacity building workshop on the WTO agreement on trade facilitation (TFA) and the CARICOM strategy for regional implementation. caricom-logo.jpg The meeting, intended for national business development organisations from CARICOM WTO members, took place in Kingston,

Rob Lowe is the new KFC colonel

Source: Antigua Observer | Rob Lowe is the new KFC colonel A heartthrob star has gone from “The West Wing” to hawking chicken breasts. Rob Lowe, who’s known for “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “Parks and Recreation,” is Kentucky Fried Chicken’s new Col. Sanders in a campaign. Lowe, like other fictional colonels before him, sports snow-white

Agriculture Extravaganza 2017 opening pushed back to today

Source: Antigua Observer | Agriculture Extravaganza 2017 opening pushed back to today A three-day national event which was scheduled to open yesterday was postponed until today due to what an organiser says was late payment by the government. Title Sponsor of Wadadli Animal Nature Park Agriculture Extravaganza 2017, OBSERVER media spoke with Public Relations Officer

LEROY KING LOSES APPEAL

Source: Antigua Observer | LEROY KING LOSES APPEAL A High Court ruling made yesterday has paved the way for the extradition of Leroy King, the former head of the Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC) who is accused of facilitating the multi-billion dollar Ponzi Scheme by jailed former businessman R Allen Stanford. In a 71-page decision,

Tourist arrivals to A&B decline following Brexit

Source: Antigua Observer | Tourist arrivals to A&B decline following Brexit Two government officials said that the decline in tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom is due to the devaluation of the British currency. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA), Colin C James viewed the plunge in the

Sand mining continues in Barbuda’s National Park

Source: Antigua Observer | Sand mining continues in Barbuda’s National Park Sand mining is continuing unabated in Barbuda, despite the fact that several studies undertaken by the Environmental Division concluded that the activity could negatively result in serious coastal erosion. This is according to Marine Biologist John Mussington, who said that despite constant warnings by

Trio remanded for unlawful confinement of young woman

Source: Antigua Observer | Trio remanded for unlawful confinement of young woman Three men are behind bars today after they were charged with unlawful confinement of 21-year-old Osuide Simpson. Twenty-five-year-old Dene Matherson and 27-year-old Glen Strann, both of DeSouza Road, along with 18-year-old Corey Cannonier of Bendals were remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) on

Olympic silver medallist Mason dies in crash

Source: Antigua Observer | Olympic silver medallist Mason dies in crash KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – The international track and field fraternity was in mourning after Jamaican-born Olympian Germaine Mason was killed in a motorcycle crash early Thursday. Police reported that the athlete, who switched allegiance to represent Great Britain in 2006 and won silver in the

Samuels makes million-dollar donation to charity

Source: Antigua Observer | Samuels makes million-dollar donation to charity KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Veteran West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has donated JAM $1.5 million (US $11,700) to the Jamaica Society for the Blind. The move was announced at a media conference Tuesday in Jamaica where it was also revealed that Samuels, through his Foundation,

Five years of research

Source: Antigua Observer | Five years of research Agriculture has been in the news a lot lately. Most of the news items have focused on the myriad of challenges our farmers face as they seek to earn a living off of the land and move us closer to food security. If it is not the

Cricketing Trio At UWI Scouting Camp

Source: Antigua Observer | Cricketing Trio At UWI Scouting Camp Three of the country’s top young cricketers are currently in St Kitts where they are attending the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus & Colleges scouting camp, which runs from April 20-25. All-rounders Kofi James of the Liberta Blackhawks along with Kenrick Scott

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